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Livingston High School Posts 2014-15 AP Course Selection

Make sure your son or daughter has a jump on what Advanced Placement courses he or she wants to take next year.

Livingston High School Principal Mark Stern issued a letter to parents last week informing them about the Advanced Placement courses available to students during the 2014-15 school year. 

In addition, the school released a full list of course requirements, prerequisite classes, informational meeting dates and sign-up dates for next year's AP courses.  

Sterns' letter is below, followed by the list of AP courses. For more information, call the high school at (973) 535-8000. 

Although we have only completed the first marking period of the 2013 – 2014 school year, we are already beginning to look forward to the 2014 – 2015 scheduling process. Many of you are just beginning to discuss course selection for next year with your child. With that, it is important to know that several of our Advanced Placement courses have applications and indicators for success that are required to qualify for self-selection into these programs. Additionally, several Honors courses offer placement assessments outside of the school day to indicate readiness and provide students and parents with important recommendation information to consider when making course selections. 

Below is the list of course offerings that have such requirements and/or assessments. In addition to the announcements made in school, we ask you to please review the following information with your child to ensure a deadline is not missed. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate teacher/supervisor or call your student’s assigned guidance counselor.
 
Thank you,
Mark Stern

ARTS: VISUAL and PERFORMING
AP Art History
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room A205.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available on Ms. Fenelon’s website http://www.livingston.org/Page/12564.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Ms. Fenelon in Room A205. 

AP Music Theory
A meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room C150.
A pre-assessment will be given (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available on the department website http://www.livingston.org/Page/12558.
Pre-assessment information is due to Mr. Salzman by Friday, January 31, 2014.
 
AP Studio Art – 2D Design – Digital Imaging
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room B132.
An application and portfolio submission is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available through Mr. Iannuzzi and on the department website http://www.livingston.org/domain/843.
Applications and portfolios must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mr. Iannuzzi in Room B132. 

AP Studio Art – 2D Design –Drawing and Painting
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. in Room A211.
An application and portfolio submission is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available through Mrs. Majzner and on the department website http://www.livingston.org/domain/843.
Applications and portfolios must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mrs. Majzner in Room A211. 

AP Studio Art – 2D Design – Photography
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room B136.
An application and portfolio submission is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available through Mrs. Brown and on the department website http://www.livingston.org/domain/843.
Applications and portfolios must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mrs. Brown in Room B136. 

AP Studio Art – 3D Design – Ceramics
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. in Room A207.
An application and portfolio submission is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available through Mrs. Reis and on the department website http://www.livingston.org/domain/843.
Applications and portfolios must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mrs. Reis in Room A207. 

BUSINESS:

AP Economics
A meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Cafeteria EF.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available on the department website http://www.livingston.org/domain/844.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mrs. Cohen, Supervisor of Business (in person or mailbox). 

ENGLISH:

AP English 3 and 4
There are no meetings for these courses.
Information and predictors for success are given in class. 

MATHEMATICS:

AP Calculus (AB)
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room A223.
Recommendations are made as part of the course sequence.
For more information on the course, students are encouraged to speak with Mrs. Poyner at dpoyner@livingston.org. 

AP Calculus (BC)
A meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. in Room E282.
Recommendations are made as part of the course sequence.
For more information on the course, students are encouraged to speak with Mrs. Winter at mwinter@livingston.org. 

AP Computer Science and Computer Programming
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room A217.
A demonstration of computer programming proficiencies will be used for recommendation.
For more information on the course, students are encouraged to speak with Mr. Wasserman at mswasserman@livingston.org.
 
AP Statistics
There is no meeting scheduled for this course.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Materials are available from the current math teacher or the department website http://www.livingston.org/domain/848.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mr. Matheus (in person or mailbox). 

Math Honors Course Readiness Assessments
All assessments will be given from 2:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the LHS Cafeteria.
Geometry Honors: January 7, 2014 (snow date: January 21, 2014)
Algebra 2 Honors: January 8, 2014 (snow date: January 22, 2014)
Pre-Calculus Honors: January 9, 2014 (snow date: January 23, 2014)
*The Geometry Honors Information Night for parents will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the LHS Media Center (snow date: Thursday, January 30, 2014). 

SCIENCE:

AP Science Electives (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: E&M)
There are no meetings for these courses.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment – no application, no enrollment, no exceptions).
Materials will be available on the department website starting Monday, January 6, 2014 http://www.livingston.org/domain/851.
Students should see the teacher listed on the application for specific questions about a course or course requirements.
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to the teacher of the course for which the student is applying (see application). 

NEW AP Physics Information

There are two new AP Physics electives. AP Physics 1 is a first-year Physics option which is replacing Physics Honors. AP Physics 2 is a second-year Physics option replacing AP Physics B. While these new AP electives are replacing current courses in the science sequence, the content and inquiry approach to instruction for these new courses do not align with current course offerings. Both offer AP exams. 

AP Physics 1 – Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Pre-requisites – Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry
Co-requisites – Chemistry, Algebra 2
This course follows the curriculum set forth by the College Board and is equivalent to a first-year algebra-based Physics course. Students will require a strong algebra background and knowledge of right triangle sine, cosine and tangent ratios to be successful in this course. Topics include: kinematics, Newton’s Laws of motion, torque, rotational motion and angular momentum, gravitation and circular motion, work, energy, power, linear momentum, oscillations, mechanical waves, sound, and an introduction to electric circuits.

There will be a focus on inquiry-based laboratory activities which challenge students to design and carry out experiments targeting certain learning objectives. After the AP exam in May, an additional survey of the following topics would be conducted as time permits to help prepare students for coursework in AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Mechanics, or AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism.

It is highly recommended and expected for all students to take the AP Physics 1 exam in May. 

Please note that students who choose or are forced to drop AP Physics 1 will be moved into CP Physics (unless the student chooses to drop Physics entirely). It is important to note that AP Physics 1 and CP Physics do not follow the same scope and sequence. CP Physics provides a survey of Physics concepts while AP Physics 1 focuses on fewer concepts but in more detail. Students who drop into CP Physics will be required to complete an abbreviated make-up assignment in order to align with the CP Physics course content in preparation for the midterm exam.
 
AP Physics 2 – Open to juniors and seniors
Pre-requisites – Physics Honors, Algebra 2
Co-requisite – Pre-Calculus
This course follows the curriculum set forth by the College Board and is equivalent to a second- year algebra-based Physics course. Students must have had AP Physics 1 as a prerequisite course. Topics include fluid statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, electrostatics, electrical circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, and topics in modern physics.

There will be a focus on inquiry-based laboratory activities which challenge students to design and carry out experiments targeting certain learning objectives. After the AP exam in May, students will utilize their conceptual and mathematical understandings of Physics to successfully complete engineering design challenges. 

It is highly recommended and expected for all students to take the AP Physics 2 exam in May. 

Note: A student currently enrolled in Physics Honors during the 2013-2014 school year is eligible to sit for the AP Physics 1 exam in May 2015. However, because of the inquiry nature of the new AP Physics courses and exams, these students would be best prepared if they are also taking AP Physics 2 during the 2014-15 school year. This would provide students with the inquiry approach to Physics highlighted in the new AP Physics 1 and 2 courses and their respective exams. 

Science Research (Introduction to Research Methods)
A meeting will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room S27.
An application is required and will be available following the meeting. Follow-up interviews will be conducted as needed.
Materials can be found on the department website after the meeting http://www.livingston.org/domain/851.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 to Mr. Weis (in person or mailbox). 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

AP Government and Comparative Politics
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room D163.
An in-class writing assessment and an application submission are required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Additional information and applications are available on the Social Studies website, http://www.livingston.org/Page/9691, or by contacting Mr. Kercher, Chairperson of Social Studies, at skercher@livingston.org. 

AP Human Geography
An entrance exam, used as part of the recommendation process, will be administered on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Room D161.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Additional information and applications are available on the Social Studies website, http://www.livingston.org/Page/9691, or by contacting Mr. Kercher, Chairperson of Social Studies, at skercher@livingston.org.
Applications must be submitted by Monday, January 6, 2014 to Mr. Kercher (in mailbox or by email) to reserve a copy/seat for the entrance exam. 

AP Modern European History
A meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in Room E186.
An application and writing samples are required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Additional information and applications are available on the Social Studies website, http://www.livingston.org/Page/9691, or by contacting Mr. Kercher, Chairperson of Social Studies, at skercher@livingston.org. 

AP Psychology - NEW
An entrance exam, used as part of the recommendation process, will be administered on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in room D163.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Additional information and applications are available on the Social Studies website, http://www.livingston.org/Page/9691, or by contacting Mr. Kercher, Chairperson of Social Studies, at skercher@livingston.org.
Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, January 7, 2014 to Mr. Kercher (in mailbox or by email) to reserve a copy/seat for this exam. 

AP United States History II
An entrance exam, used as part of the recommendation process, will be administered on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in the LHS Cafeteria.
An application is required (qualifier for Open Enrollment).
Additional information and applications are available on the Social Studies website, http://www.livingston.org/Page/9691, or by contacting Mr. Kercher, Chairperson of Social Studies, at skercher@livingston.org.
Applications are currently being accepted through email to Mr. Kercher. 

WORLD LANGUAGES:

AP World Languages (Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish)
There are no meetings scheduled for these courses.
Information and predictors for success are given in class.
Recommendations are made as part of the course sequence. 

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